The BBC didn’t have to look far for a presenter to fill Jonathan Ross’s shoes. All it took was a quick shuffle of the schedules, cross out the word “Monday”, replace it with “Friday” and Hey Presto! The Graham Norton Show is all good to go.
We predict his move to the coveted Friday night throne will be sparkling and seamless as the new King Of Chat welcomes Charlotte Church, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal and comedian Russell Howard (whose own new series started on BBC3 last night).
The irony of the risque host being turned into the BBC’s safe pair of hands in the wake of the Sachsgate fiasco won’t be lost on Norton and we’ll be disappointed if he doesn’t milk this for a bit of comedy mileage.
At least, it should be a nice change for female guests not to be leered at.
The Graham Norton Show will air tonight, 10.35pm on BBC One.